1 Peter 2:20-24
For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer for it, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 1 Peter 2:20
Some of us remember life in the 1950s. World War II had ended, and there was a sense of optimism. For some it was a time of rebuilding. Winston Churchill had led England through the most difficult period of its existence.
Doggedly he had proclaimed:
“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
England prevailed, and so did peace.
What is your anchor in stormy times? For those who went through the war, it may have been in a sense of determination and the will to survive as a nation or even as an individual. However, there is an even deeper lesson here, one that assures us of victory.
Jesus is the Anchor of our souls. Just as Churchill rallied his country to victory, we must rally ourselves at the foot of Jesus’ Cross. There must be within our lives a determination to follow Jesus above all else. Our world has changed drastically over the last decades. Yet Christ remains eternally the same. And even in this unsettling time of trial and tribulation, He is our strong hope and victory!
You are my Anchor, O Lord. Hold me steady in the midst of life’s storms.